We Remember…

Four historical additions to the Memorial Wall will be honoured at the 2017 Ontario Police Memorial Ceremony of Remembrance

High County Constable Alfred Fabien Hippolyte Campeau of Essex County. Date of death: 12 December 1912

 

High County Constable Alfred Fabien Hippolyte Campeau of Essex County. Date of death: 12 December 1912

On December 12, 1912, High Constable Campeau had been working in the

Ruscom area. He arrived at the train station to catch the Windsor bound express,

arriving just as it was leaving the station. He ran for the moving train and jumped

to board it but slipped and fell under the wheels severely injuring his left leg. He

was placed on the train and taken into Windsor to Hotel Dieu Hospital. Surgery

took place but he passed away shortly after.

His policing experience covered 28 years. Alfred Campeau started his policing

career with the Windsor Police on September 15, 1884. In 1889, he was appointed

as a Provincial Officer by the Province of Ontario. In 1896, he was appointed

Chief of Police in the Detroit River area. In 1909, he was one of the first officers

appointed to the newly formed Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). In 1910, officers

with the OPP were issued uniforms however Constable Campeau refused to wear

the uniform and was released from the Force. He was then named the High County

Constable for Essex County.

Alfred was 56 years of age, married with 4 children at the time of his death.

 

Constable Daniel Craig of Chesterville. Date of death: 29 June 1932

Constable Daniel Craig
Chesterville Police
29 June 1932

During the evening of June 29, 1932, a drunken youth had been causing a

disturbance within the village of Chesterville. The young man was yelling and

cursing at a woman who was sitting on her front porch. Her husband took hold of

the trouble maker and escorted him across town to the Town Hall to be dealt with

by Constable Daniel Craig. Before the youth could be turned over to Constable

Craig, he broke free and escaped with the gentleman and now others in pursuit.

Some blocks away he was captured again and brought back to the Town Hall

where the jail was located. Constable Craig took over the arrest and wrestled the

young man through the building and into the cell, where he was locked up.

Constable Craig then went to leave the building but suddenly collapsed in the door

way. Two local doctors were quickly summonsed and attended to Constable Craig

but unfortunately he had died of a heart attack within minutes.

Daniel was 59 years of age, married and had been the Town Constable for 4 years

at the time of his death.

 

Constable John Ferguson of Exeter OPP. Date of death 20 October 1949

Constable John Ferguson Exeter OPP
20 October 1949

On October 20, 1949, Constable John Ferguson and his partner travelled to Grand

Bend at the request of the Grand Bend Police to assist with arresting a suspected

mental health patient. It was reported that the suspect was wandering around the

village carrying a pipe wrench. During the arrest there was a violent struggle with

the suspect, but he was subdued, arrested and placed into the back seat of the

cruiser. Constable Ferguson got in beside the suspect. His partner and a Grand

Bend officer sat in the front seats. Before the cruiser could leave that location,

Constable Ferguson suffered a heart attack and died moments later in the cruiser.

John Ferguson was 55 years of age and had been policing for 27 years. He began

as a County Constable in Huron County, then joined the Ontario Provincial Police

on June 1, 1947. He was married and had a son at the time of his death.

 

County Constable Mont Alexander Wood of Lennox And Addington. Date of death: 1 December 1951

County Cst. Mont Alexander Wood
Lennox And Addington Police
1 December 1951

 

County Cst. Mont Alexander Wood
Lennox And Addington Police
1 December 1951

In the early morning hours of December 1, 1951, Constable Mont Wood had

stopped to assist a stranded trucker north of the village of Northbrook on Highway

41. While waiting for a tow truck to arrive, he saw headlights approaching through

the heavy fog. Constable Wood stepped out from behind his car with the intention

to close the vehicles door, when he was struck by the approaching car. Constable

Wood was hurled some 20 feet through the air and landed on the ground seriously

injured.

Constable Gordon Stout of the Northbrook Ontario Provincial Police detachment

arrived carried the gravely injured officer into his cruiser and rushed him to the

Belleville hospital. His injuries proved fatal and he died shortly after arriving.

Mont Wood was 59 years of age, a veteran of World War I and was married with 5

children at the time of his death. He had been the County Constable in Lennox and

Addington for 29 years.

 

 

At 2016 Ontario Police Memorial Ceremony of Remembrance, we remember three historical fallen officers:

County Constable John Morrison, Russell County
27 June 1880

 

On the afternoon of Friday June 25th, 1880, County Constable John Morrison was tending to a horse he owned and kept at a farm two miles from his own home near the village of Bearbrook in Russell County, when two men arrived at the farm demanding to speak with Morrison. One man challenged Morrison to “arrest him now”, but the Constable told them to get on their way, as he has no warrant for them.

This statement relates back to early March when the Constable received a warrant from the local Magistrate to arrest one of the men for the domestic beating of his spouse. Constable Morrison attended the residence to make an arrest of the husband, but after a scuffle the suspect got away and remained on the loose and whereabouts unknown until he showed up to challenge the officer.

The two men grabbed the officer and the suspect shot him in the side then fled once again.  Constable Morrison was able to walk to the house where the farmer contacted the local doctor, who declared the wound fatal. Constable Morrison died 20 hours later. One suspect gave himself up and was sentenced to jail time. The prime suspect fled and is believed to have made it to Brazil.

Constable Morrison was married and had three children at the time of his death.

County Constable William Lorenzo Pickard, Kent County
17 April 1922

 

In the early hours of the morning of April 9th, Constable Pickard was called by residents who heard breaking glass. Constable Pickard arrived to find streetlights broken out to darken the area near the William Bambridge store in the Village of Thamesville. He found that three men had broken into the Bambridge store.  Attempting to make the arrest of the “lookout” who was standing outside of the store, the Constable fired warning shots, which caused the suspect to take flight, with two others from inside the store on the run as well. Constable Pickard followed up the street when one suspect fired two shots, one hitting the Constable in the foot. He was taken to hospital where it was found the bullet shattered bones in his foot. He was operated on, but complications set in and he passed away on April 17th, while in Chatham hospital.

Constable Pickard as 68 years of age, married with three children at the time of his death.

County Constable Samuel James Vanstone, Ontario County
12 October 1928

 

 

While at home, Constable Vanstone witnessed a motor vehicle accident outside of his house. In a heavy rainstorm, he rushed outside to investigate and extricate the people trapped under the vehicle. As he crossed the road, his umbrella obscured the fact that the power lines were hanging down from the damaged pole and came into contact with his umbrella, electrocuting him to death.

Constable Vanstone was 64 years of age, married with four children at the time of his death and was also a part-time Special Constable with the Whitby Township Police.